Arms Control Wonk
The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com)
info_outline Deproliferation in the Debates 08/05/2019
Deproliferation in the Debates During one of the Democratic Presidential primary debates, Elizabeth Warren and Governor Whats-his-name sparred over nuclear weapons, no-first use and deproliferation. Aaron, Anne and Jeffrey discuss the use of jargon in gate-keeping and the merits of various proposals relating to no first use. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline CTBTO 2019 07/11/2019
CTBTO 2019 Jeffrey and Anne attended the CTBTO's 2019 Science and Technology Conference in Vienna, which means this is another Wienerpod! Aaron calls in to get the lowdown on the state of the CTBT and the evolving technological environment for nuclear test detection. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline First Combat Use: Turkey's Bora Missile 06/26/2019
First Combat Use: Turkey's Bora Missile Turkey used a ballistic missile, the Bora, for the first time in combat. Launch a missile, get a pod! Aaron, Anne and Jeffrey discuss the Bora, geolocating the launch site, and the state of missile proliferation in the Middle East. Our 2017 episode on the Bora. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Low-yield Nuclear Testing in Russia? 06/14/2019
Low-yield Nuclear Testing in Russia? The United States intelligence community, or a portion of it, has concluded that Russia is conducting very low-yield nuclear tests. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss past allegations of nuclear testing, open source monitoring of Russia's nuclear test site at Novaya Zemlya and how the Trump Administration might change its mind on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Middle East Missile Map 05/24/2019
Middle East Missile Map If see any news coverage about missile threats in the Middle East, nine times out of ten it is Iran's missiles that are in the news. But Iran is just one of many countries in the region. Egypt, Israel, Turkey Saudi Arabia and Syria all produce, to one degree or another, their own missiles. And there are more states like Yemen, the UAE and Qatar that have imported missiles. CNS and the Nuclear Threat Initiative are launching a Middle East Missile Map to explore the regional context of missile proliferation. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Iran and (more) Nuclear Archive 05/16/2019
Iran and (more) Nuclear Archive A nuclear archive. JCPOA news. B-52 bomber task forces. A naval armada. And Scuds on ships. What could go wrong? To break down all things Iran, Jeffrey and Aaron spoke about the latest happenings in and with Iran. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline North Korea's New Short-Range Missile 05/08/2019
North Korea's New Short-Range Missile Launch a missile, get a podcast. North Korea launched a short-range missile over the weekend and a Planet satellite was there to see it. Jeffrey and Anne discuss the one in a million picture, the missile itself and what it might mean for the final fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed (or not) by Chairman Kim. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Nuclear 04/11/2019
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Nuclear The Trump Administration approved some 810s to Saudi Arabia. And INVAP is building a low power research reactor in Riyadh. What's an 810? What's INVAP? It's complicated. You'll just have to listen to the podcast as Jeffrey and Aaron discuss how people are over-reacting to the latest Saudi nuclear news while also noting that it is time for Saudi Arabia to put in place a Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA. Well, Saudi already has a CSA. Like we said, its complicated. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Mission Shakti: The Indian Anti-Satellite Test 03/29/2019
Mission Shakti: The Indian Anti-Satellite Test Test a missile, get a pod. Kill a satellite? Get a podcast with a special guest. Ankit Panda joins Aaron and Jeffrey to discuss India's recent anti-satellite test. Also, Jeffrey says he told you so. (Again.) Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline IP3, YEAH YOU KNOW ME 03/01/2019
IP3, YEAH YOU KNOW ME The Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform wants answers to allegations about influence peddling and a grandiose plan to sell Saudi Arabia up to 40 nuclear reactors. This week, Aaron and Jeffrey dig into the interim staff report detailing the allegations, what the purported IP3 plan really means, and safeguards on civil nuclear technology. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline The Demise of the INF and the Munich Security Conference 02/22/2019
The Demise of the INF and the Munich Security Conference Judging from Twitter, the Munich Security Conference is talking about the demise of the INF Treaty. Jeffrey, back in California after his sojourn to Vermont and Aaron revisit INF pods of the past to focus on what really matters: Getting Taylor Swift to cover Nena's 99 Luftballoons. Previous Podcast Episodes about this Topic: INF Basing Modes, Asia Edition Pulling Out of the INF Tightening the Screws on the INF An Era Without Arms Control? The INF, NATO, and the MSC The Little Green Men and a New Cruise Missile Russia and the INF: Don't Call it a Circumvention Is Russia Cheating on the INF Treaty? This was the very first Arms Control Wonk Podcast episode! Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline KCN-eh? January's other North Korea Developments 02/19/2019
KCN-eh? January's other North Korea Developments Andrea hosts one last KCN-eh? before heading off to the Great White North. Jeffrey joins in to talk about North Korea's other developments from January, including the site of the second Trump-Kim summit, U.S. Special Representative Stephen Beigun's speech at Stanford, and how to mimic denuclearization without denuclearizing. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline From Bone Saws to Ballistic Missiles 01/25/2019
From Bone Saws to Ballistic Missiles Satellite images taken by Planet Labs appear to show that Saudi Arabia has constructed a plant to manufacture solid propellant ballistic missiles. Jeffrey and Aaron talk about the CNS team's latest find. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Avangard: A Boost-Guide Primer 01/24/2019
Avangard: A Boost-Guide Primer Russia tested a hypersonic missile, or at least they claimed to. As of now, Putin and Russian media have told us a lot, but what do we really know about Avangard? Aaron and Jeffrey are joined by James Acton from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to discuss hypersonics, missile defense, and what Russia's Avangard may actually look like. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Kim Jong Un's 2019 New Year's Day Speech 01/09/2019
Kim Jong Un's 2019 New Year's Day Speech Jeffrey and Aaron return from the holidays to talk about ... North Korea. Kim Jong Un gave his traditional New Year's Day speech. On the first day of 2017, Kim signaled the ICBM test that was to come. And on the first day of 2018, he hinted at the diplomatic thaw that would bring “love letters” and a finger-heart. So what does 2019 have in store for us? Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline North Korea's Expanding Missile Base 12/12/2018
North Korea's Expanding Missile Base The CNS OSINT team did it again. While doing what one does on the weekend, looking at DPRK missile bases, Jeffrey and his team found a new missile base. In this week’s episode, Aaron and Jeffrey talk through the finding, Josh Pollack’s meta op-ed on what OSINT means in today’s media environment, and how OSINT can be used to support the policy process and hold leaders feet to the fire. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline KCN-eh? November's other North Korea Developments 12/06/2018
KCN-eh? November's other North Korea Developments A Canadian discusses the month’s North Korea-related developments with some special guests. For November, Andrea is joined by Cristina Varriale of the Royal United Services Institute, and Hamish Macdonald of the Korea Risk Group. They talk through announcements about postponed meetings, joint military exercises, inter-Korean projects and Chinese border infrastructure. Oh, and puppies. Links of Note: Pompeo says meeting with Kim Yong Chol is postponed. Mattis announces that a scaled-down version of the Foal Eagle exercises will go forward in spring. Reuters on the sanctions exemption for inter-Korean rail survey activities. Hamish’s investigation into the slew of infrastructure development projects along the China-North Korea border. French national charged with treason for supposedly passing information to North Korea. Did we say puppies?! Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Nuclear Navies in South Asia 11/12/2018
Nuclear Navies in South Asia India has some nuclear naval news, with its defense minister claiming a successful "first deterrent patrol." What does this mean for Pakistan and nuclear dynamics in the Indian Ocean? Aaron sits down with friends of the pod Ankit Panda and Vipin Narang to talk about the India-Pakistan relationship, India's ballistic missile subs, and Pakistan's cruise missile subs. This episode started as a Brilliant Pebble and ballooned into a full-blown episode! Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline INF Basing Modes, Asia Edition 11/07/2018
INF Basing Modes, Asia Edition With the US on the precipice of withdrawing from the INF, all eyes have turned to China and its large number of INF range missiles. The think tank community has followed and a bevy of think pieces on basing modes in Asia have been published. On this week’s episode, Jeffrey and Aaron talk about the cost of the BGM-109G and some of the implications of putting them on land... in the Pacific. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline KCN-eh? October's other North Korea Developments 11/06/2018
KCN-eh? October's other North Korea Developments A Canadian reviews the month’s North Korea news together with a special guest. Andrea and Ramon Pacheco-Pardo, the Korea Foundation-Free University Brussels Korea Chair, look at Pompeo’s latest visit to Pyongyang, examine the outcomes of Moon Jae-in’s European tour, and talk about the North Korean middleman now on an FBI Most Wanted poster. Links of Note: Details of Pompeo’s October visit to Pyongyang. NY Times, “South Korea backtracks on easing sanctions after Trump comment”, 11 October 2018. Ramon’s article for NK News, examining what Moon Jae-in achieved and didn’t on his recent trip to Europe. The Pope indicates his willingness to visit Pyongyang. Department of Justice press release concerning the indictment of Singaporean national Tan Wee Beng, for his alleged dealings with North Korea. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Pulling Out of the INF 10/31/2018
Pulling Out of the INF The end of arms control, or a sub-culture run amok? In today’s special, live-recorded edition of the Arms Control Wonk podcast, Aaron and Jeffrey talk about the end of the INF, John Bolton's motivations, and the reasons behind the US pull-out (aka the Stormy Daniels). Previous Podcast Episodes about this Topic: Tightening the Screws on the INF An Era Without Arms Control? The INF, NATO, and the MSC The Little Green Men and a New Cruise Missile Russia and the INF: Don't Call it a Circumvention Is Russia Cheating on the INF Treaty? This was the very first Arms Control Wonk Podcast episode! Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline If You Say, Kay 10/03/2018
If You Say, Kay US Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, made some news. And not in a good way. She was trying to say that the US would develop countervailing capabilities -- something that started under the Obama Administration and that almost no one disagrees with. But she mangled the quote and, in doing so, reinforced Russian paranoia about decapitation. The US and Russia seemed determined to relive the horrors of the early 1980s, albeit on accident. Find out why. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline KCN-eh? September's other North Korea Developments 10/01/2018
KCN-eh? September's other North Korea Developments Andrea is joined again by John Hemmings, Director of Asia Studies at the Henry Jackson Society, to talk about the major developments in North Korea relations during September. They consider Pyongyang’s tamer military parade, examine the optics and outcomes of Moon Jae-in’s trip to North Korea, and look at the way those outcomes are being communicated to the international community at the UN General Assembly. Links of Note: DPRK’s English version of the Pyongyang declaration. Moon Jae-in’s speech to the 73rd UN General Assembly. Joint report on the negotiating situation from the Henry Jackson Society, King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Full text of the criminal complaint against North Korean hacker Park Jin Hyok. Hamish Macdonald with all of the happenings at the 8th Rason trade exhibition. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline JCPO-eh? Iran, the EU, and the US 09/17/2018
JCPO-eh? Iran, the EU, and the US Andrea discusses friction between Europe and the United States over the Iran nuclear deal with Justine Walker, Director of Sanctions at UK Finance. They review European engagement in the Iranian market over the last two years, consider the EU’s reaction to Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, and examine the implications for companies now caught between two sets of opposing laws. Links of Note: Full transcript of Trump’s speech announcing withdrawal from the JCPOA. US Treasury FAQ on the reimposition of sanctions on Iran. Daimler abandoning its Iran expansion plans. UK Finance publications on the EU blocking regulations, Iran, and other sanctions issues. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline Nuclear Rationality and the 2020 Commission 09/11/2018
Nuclear Rationality and the 2020 Commission In today’s episode, Aaron and Jeffrey discuss the 2020 Commission and its relationship with how we are conditioned to think about nuclear weapons. The podcast is filled with spoilers (you’ve been warned), but attempts to use the book — and one of the main characters, President Donald Trump — to discuss nuclear war, American nuclear policy, the rationality of fictional North Korean actions, and the tragedy that would follow any use of the bomb. We also take the time to discuss our new subscriber benefit, Brilliant Pebbles, a mini-pod about the wide world of weapons of mass destruction. The show will drop every Tuesday and will feature short takes on relevant topics that we would not normally discussing on the big show. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline South Korean Missile Tracking 08/14/2018
South Korean Missile Tracking In today’s podcast, Aaron and Jeffrey discuss the geolocation work that underpinned Jeffrey’s research for his novel and how open source investigations can be leveraged to inform analysis. Links of Note: Previous Arms Control Wonk Podcast episodes on South Korea's missile arsenal: South Korea's Missile Arsenal Expands The Hyunmoo-2C: South Korea's 800km Missile Jeffrey's new book, The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States - A Speculative Novel, can be purchased here! Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline KCN-eh? July's other North Korea Developments 08/06/2018
KCN-eh? July's other North Korea Developments It's a family pod today! Andrea, Aaron, and Jeffrey review July's new North Korean developments. They dive into the developments at Sohae Satellite Launching Grounds, sanctions enforcement, and the repatriation of POW/KIA remains from the Korean War. Links of Note: Treasury's press release of sanctions ordered against the Russian Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank. Imagery analysis from 38 North of the dismantling of the engine test stand and covered rail transfer station at Sohae. Paul Boudreau's Juche Bird cocktail! Jeffrey's new novel, The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States. Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!
info_outline North Korea's Continuing Missile Production 07/31/2018
North Korea's Continuing Missile Production Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick have a bombshell story about North Korea producing one, possible two, Hwasong-15 ICBMs at its Sanumdong facility. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss the role that MIIS and open source played in corroborating the report. This episode brought to you by Jeffrey's new novel, The 2020 Commission Report. Links of Note: Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick's article in the Washington Post about ICBM production at Sanum-Dong. Ankit Panda's Diplomat article on continuing ICBM production in North Korea. Jeffrey's new book, The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States - A Speculative Novel, can be preordered here! Support us over at Patreon.com/acwpodcast!